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What is a gastrologist?

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Technically, a gastrologist is someone who specializes in gastrology. That could mean caring for the stomach with medicine. It could also mean caring for the stomach with food.

Gastrology may have been a medical term in the early 1900s, judging by journals from around that time. If so, the word was long ago replaced by gastroenterology. You won’t find doctors who describe themselves as gastrologists today -- at least not in the U.S.

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: “What is a Gastroenterologist?”

MediLexicon: “Gastrology.”

Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary: “Gastrology.”

Sun, W. Feb. 1, 2015. Cancer Letters,

Hryszczykowa, L. Sept. 15, 1988. Wiadomosci Lekarski,

UNC School of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 06, 2017

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: “What is a Gastroenterologist?”

MediLexicon: “Gastrology.”

Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary: “Gastrology.”

Sun, W. Feb. 1, 2015. Cancer Letters,

Hryszczykowa, L. Sept. 15, 1988. Wiadomosci Lekarski,

UNC School of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 06, 2017

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